Averatec Pre-Announces UMPC-Type Device with Keyboard

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by: Ed Hardy of Brighthand.com

Although one of the goals of the Ultra Mobile PC is for these devices to be pocket-size, all of the ones announced so far have 7-inch screens, making them too large for easy pocketability.

Averatec, though, has announced a tablet device with a 5-inch screen, making it more easily portable.

The AHI has another feature potential UMPC buyers might be interested in: a built-in keyboard. This can be hidden behind the SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixel) screen.

Technically, though, this won’t really be a UMPC, as it won’t run the version of Windows specially crafted for this class of devices. It will, however run the Tablet Edition of Windows XP.

Users of the AHI will have many connectivity options, as it will include Wi-Fi (802.11g), Bluetooth, Ethernet, and a modem.

It will also sport two USB 2.0 slots, an SD/MMC card slot, and a 2 megapixel camera.

When not being carried around, this computer can put put into a dock which includes a DVD player.

Averatec plans to have the AHI out by Christmas.

 

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